We know it’s an EPIDEMIC with over225,000 kiwis suffering and more than 50 people diagnosed a day.


It means increased sweet urine and there are three types - type I, type 2 and gestational, with glucose intolerance being the common thread.


The pancreas

 Insulin released (from the beta cells at the Islets of Langerhans) in the pancreas is like a key that unlocks certain cells to let the glucose pass through. If there is not enough insulin or the cells don’t let insulin unlock them, then excess glucose stays in the blood stream.

TYPE 1 -  absolute insulin deficiency, because most of the beta cells have been destroyed by the body’s own autoimmune response.

Common symptoms:

  • Polyphagia (excess hunger to replace lost nutrients because glucose can’t get into cells)
  • Polyuria (excess urination  to excrete excess blood glucose – called glycosuria)
  • Polydipsia (thirst because water is also drawn into the urine leading to dehydration)
  • Fatigue (through deficient energy production from low glucose absorption)
  • Weight reduction (because fats are used instead of glucose for energy)

Treatment can include reducing the autoimmune response which is damaging the beta cells.

TYPE 2 – this is about cells resisting the insulin – and is the most common. With similar symptoms the cause is usually  excess nutrients, obesity  (which impairs insulin secretion) and inflammation.

insulin resistance

Insulin Resistance


80% of type 2 DM is preventable and treatment includes exercise – which increases insulin effectiveness, correct eating and herbal support of the pancreas.  Recovery has been documented in the video below.

MY ADVICE - First find the trigger. As food is our medicine – a good safe diet, specific for that person, along with carefully selected herbs and positive lifestyle changes have had proven results.

  1. Eliminate processed foods and ‘simple carbs’
  2. Eliminate foods that cause inflammation such as ‘trans’ fats etc.
  3. Eat healthy fat

WATCH THIS - Watch the long version (1:29)


I’m not saying that everyone should eat only raw vegan for the rest of their lives, but a carefully managed diet along with herbs has been known to turn the disease around.

For more personalised advice (as we are all different and have specific triggers) contact me for an individualised recovery plan or check out my website: www.naturalmedicineclinic.co.nz